Philadelphia Funk Authority Founding Member and Band Manager: Gary Rivenson
Involved in music since piano lessons at age 5 and playing in bands starting at age 15. Traditional music training led to a classical background on trombone. On the road with various bands on bass guitar starting at age 18 and began a very long and diverse but parallel career as a professional musician and airline pilot. When the airline industry was shaken after 9/11, Gary branched out in the music business and founded both a vintage guitar company and a production company in New York City, producing high end events including two Super Bowls. Gary also founded the Philadelphia Funk Authority in 1998 in his vision of what a great dance and party band should be. 20 years later Philly Funk is still performing to enthusiastic crowds at upwards of 100 events each year.
When "Shout" came on, it was the craziest I have ever seen wedding dance floor in all my years.. Gary was also super easy to work with. When you hire professionals that know what they are doing, it makes the lives of the bride and groom that much easier.
- Erin & Joe
Philadelphia Funk Authority is amazing!! They made the wedding top notch and set the bar extremely high for future family weddings!!
I cannot say enough great things about PFA!! They say the music can make or break a wedding, and the band made my daughter’s wedding a landmark event that our family and friends are still gushing over! The dance floor was literally bouncing all night! The playlist was amazing and the musicians are all top notch. Fun and exciting from beginning to end....Thank you Philadelphia Funk Authority, from the bottom of our hearts!
- Kathleen (Mother of the Bride)
Best Decision of Our Wedding. We can't say enough about what a wonderful decision it was to make the Philadelphia Funk Authority part of our wedding. From the planning stages through the day of the event, they were to make our experience has smooth and enjoyable as possible.
The talent of all of the musicians truly made our wedding a night to remember. Almost two months later our friends and family still talk about 'that band', and how much fun that had dancing and singing to the music. The group played to all ages at our reception, with songs our parents grew up with through the chart toppers of today.
No amount of words can express how pleased we are with our experience - we highly recommend them for any couple looking for live entertainment at their wedding.
- Mandy & Justin